A dangerous blight is taking over the world, and while it might appear quite innocuous, it is actually harming humans and animals alike. The culprit?
You may think, "I'm fine! I recycle." Well, you're actually not fine. You might as well be calling it "downcycling," according to actor and activist Jeff Bridges. Because plastic never goes away.
The Plastic Pollution Coalition (PCC) sat with Bridges and asked how he first got into being an activist for the environment:
"My father Lloyd Bridges worked on a TV show called 'Sea Hunt.' He impressed upon me as a child the importance of taking care of the ocean, and working together to do our part to reduce human pollution. Also, that we are all interconnected and responsible for the oceans around the world."
Bridges learned more about plastic while working alongside the PCC, so he created this video to educate others and open their eyes to the horrors of this manmade material.
These statistics are immensely shocking and are affecting us every single day.
BPA is an industrial chemical that has been used since the 1960s to make certain plastics and resins. Ninety-three percent of Americans have BPA in their system.
Plastic makes up almost 90 percent of the trash on the oceans' surface at an alarming rate of 46,000 pieces per square mile.
The Plastic Pollution Coalition is a "global alliance of individuals, organizations, businesses and policymakers working toward a world free of plastic pollution and its toxic impact on humans, animals, the ocean and the environment." Check out its website and see how you can become active in fighting against plastic.
You might look as the Earth as completely dispensable, but your actions have consequences that will affect generations to come.
We owe it to them to leave it in a much better place than it was given to us. Please eliminate your plastic usage as much as you possibly can.